Saturday, May 19, 2012

Exactly Like Cooking - Pancakes!

Continuing our series to put more money into grad student wallets, through the power of cheap -but nutritious! - leftover-generating food.

Well, it's never a bad time for pancakes. Just about 10 minutes from reading this, you, too, could be chowing down on a short stack...and it requires relatively few ingredients. You probably have them all just hanging around.

Fluffy Pancakes (Prep Time: 10 minutes)
Adapted from Kris, at

Equipment - Large pan or griddle, spatula, wooden spoon, measuring cup, measuring spoons, large bowl, small bowl.

Base Ingredients (about 6 pancakes) - 3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons vinegar

1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp oil

1 egg
1 tbsp butter

Fun Part - vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger (to taste)
nuts, raisins, oats, other fruits or grains (to taste)

Procedure - Heat skillet / pan to medium heat. Pre-mix the milk and vinegar in large bowl, set aside 5 minutes; this simulates buttermilk, so if you'd rather, you can experiment with combos of kitchen acid / milk here: lemon juice, cider vinegar, etc. Now, add egg, oil, and butter to milk mixture, with stirring. 

Mix the first five dry ingredients together in a smaller bowl. Slowly add these dry ingredients to milk mixture, with stirring, over about 1 minute. Now's your chance to "personalize" your pancakes - spices, nuts, grains, chocolate chips, or fruits are all welcome. We at Just Like Cooking prefer combos like strawberry ginger, cinnamon pecan, raisin oat, or cocoa banana.

Remember that hot pan? Grease it lightly with spray or butter, and ladle on small portions (think about 1/4 c, or maybe 60 mL). The cakes will spread out slightly, begin to brown on the edges, and form small bubbles on top. After about 2 minutes, lift up a side - if it's golden brown, flip 'em all. Cook about 30 seconds on the other side, and transfer to plate for serving. 

But wait! Your pancake personalization hasn't yet ended...feel free to top these off with maple syrup, butter, peanut butter, Nutella, berry syrup, fresh fruit, powdered sugar, or black sesame seeds.

Total Cost: Dry ingredients ($1.00), Egg ($0.25), milk ($0.50), oil / butter ($0.25), spices ($0.50), additives ($1.00) = $3.50, or about $1.75 / 3 pancake serving.

1 comment:

  1. A fun trick ... when I make mine, I heat up my milk/buttermilk in the microwave with 3 tbsp of butter until the butter melts. The butter goes through the batter evenly and then you don't need to spray/grease your pan. And ... there is more all-over browning. yummmm